David Vincent and family

About David Vincent

David was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. David’s mother Donna was a business owner while his father Gregory was the press room manager for the St. Petersburg Times. Upon graduating from Pinellas Park High School, David began his college career at St. Petersburg Junior College studying Criminal Justice and during the same time met his future wife,Angel.

In 1992, David’s mother and stepfather Brad and Donna Thorpe, encouraged him to pursue his career in Law Enforcement and move to Citrus County to attend the Law Enforcement Academy at Withlacoochee Technical Institute. In December of that year, David and Angel moved to Citrus County so that David could start the academy in January.

In 1994, David and Angel were married and were blessed with the arrival of their first son Ethan in 2003 and Landon in 2004. Both Ethan and Landon are graduates of Crystal River High School and attended the Academy of Health Careers there. David is a lifelong avid fisherman and enjoys exploring the nature coast, fishing and vacationing with his family. David has two siblings, his brother Brian Vincent from Citrus Springs, FL and his sister Annette Roth from Apollo Beach, FL. David and Angel are looking forward to their 30th wedding anniversary in April 2024. 


Police Chief

Citrus County School Board Police Department


David Vincent is currently serving as the Chief of Police for the Citrus County School District and is responsible for the safety and security of 22 school campuses, 16,000 students and 2600 staff members. Additionally in 2021, Chief Vincent assumed the role as the Director of the Citrus County Public Safety Training Center where he also served from 2014 –2017 as a Captain for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Sheriff

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

David Vincent as a young sheriff's deputy in Citrus County

1993- 2020

David Vincent began his career with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office as a communications officer after completing the police academy at Withlacoochee Technical College. Over the course of his career, David developed a wide range of experience in all aspects of the agency and eventually retired with over 27 years of service as the Captain of the Special Operations Division.

  • 1993 – 1994 – Communications Officer
  • 1994 – 1996 – Patrol Deputy
  • 1996 – 2002 – Narcotics Detective
  • 2002 – 2011 – School Resource Officer
  • 2011 – 2012 – Sergeant School Resource Officers
  • 2012 – 2014 – Administrative Sergeant Patrol Division
  • 2014 – 2016 – Lieutenant Education and Professional Standards
  • 2014 – 2016 – Lieutenant Education and Professional Standards
  • 2014 – 2017 – Director, Citrus County Public Safety Training Center
  • 2016 – 2017 – Captain Education and Professional Standards
  • 2017 – 2019 – Captain Patrol Division
  • 2019 – 2020 – Captain Special Operations Division
  • Special Operations Member
  • 1997 – 2020 - Member, Bomb Squad
  • 2004 – 2020 – Bomb Squad Commander
  • Explosive Breacher - SWAT
  • Public Safety Diver
  • Underwater Explosives Diver


Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice

Florida Gulf Coast University

Associate In Science Degree in Criminal Justice

College of Central Florida

David Vincent portrait with FBI National Agency flag behind him

FBI National Academy, 275th session

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, VA

Ten-week residential leadership academy designed to develop law enforcement professionals through leadership training and organizational management. This program serves as the leading educational opportunity for both domestic and international law enforcement professionals with only 1% of law enforcements professionals attending worldwide.

Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, 129th Session

University of Louisville

Twelve-week residential, accredited college level educational program designed to develop informed, effective, ethically and technically competent law enforcement managers who are capable of assuming positions of leadership in their respective agencies.

Florida Police Chief Association's New Chief's Seminar

Florida Police Chiefs Association

Focuses on providing police chiefs with an understanding of many of those critical issues and with interaction with other police chiefs and city officials from whose experience they may learn.

Florida Sheriff’s Association's Commanders Academy

Florida Police Chiefs Association

Command level leadership course designed specifically forlaw enforcement executives serving Florida Sheriff’s Office’s. This coursecovers topics such as legal issues, budgeting, officer discipline, policeunions and critical incident management.  


Florida Narcotics Officer of the Year Region 3, Florida Narcotics Officer Association 1998

Certificate of Commendation, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office1999

“Thinking out of the Box Award,” Citrus County Sheriff’s Office 2000

“Thinking out of the Box Award,” Citrus County Sheriff’s Office 2011

Certificate of Commendation, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office 2013

Humanitarian Service Medal, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office 2019

Distinguished Service Medal, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office 2020


Member, Florida Police Chiefs Association, 2020 - Present

Member, FBI National Academy Alumni Association 2019 -Present

Member, Training Center Directors Association 2021 –Present & 2014 - 2017

Member, Scholarship Committee, Training Center Directors Association 2016 - 2017

Treasurer, Florida Criminal Justice Training Center Directors Association 2016 - 2017

2nd Vice Chairman, Drug Coalition of Citrus County, 2003 - 2005    

Member, International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators 1997 - 2006

Member, Florida Association of School Resource Officers, 2003 - 2012